Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

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John Slow
January 1, 2007

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The turd way is upon us- here are the mechanics. 

John Clark
14815 – 123 Ave
Edmonton, AB T5L 2Y7
July 13, 2005.

The Honorable Iris Evans,
Minister of Health,
107 Legislative Building
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

The Honorable Ralph Klein,
Room 307, Legislature Building
10800 - 97th Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 2B6
Ralph Klein

Re: Ralph’s only “The Turd Way on Health Care”

Dear Ministers:

Again, a vague and frightening leap into Ralph’s world!

Because of the ongoing malaise of your government brought about because all projects are driven by Ralph’s simplistic ideal of the perfect conservative society and not the well laid plans of most politicians it is necessary we examine just what you people are up to with this “new” warmed over plan.

Although you have tried to appear distanced from the staffing of hospitals you do excert a hard-wired control as to what they can do and not do though the budget process which you control. Let's not forget you fired a whole hospital board because they wouldn't go along with your thinking.

How it will work: Cut a hospital’s budget by a million dollars and then tell them how they may save some of that money by operating more efficiently like curtailing public service and renting rooms to the private practice. (Same doctors)

When you decided private MRI should be in, your test case, you cut the 2 public machines at the U of A down to one machine only working an 8 hour shift once a day making sure you had line-ups of unhappy patients. Let them squeal!

Meanwhile you were talking up the glories of the US system where there were literally no waiting lines. You failed to point out those US MRI systems (and many others) in the private sector run 24 hours per day. “Special customers” get moved to a more comfortable spot on the clock. At that time a standard MRI scan with full diagnostic service was 425.00 Canadian. A lot more inexpensive than what you allowed Albertan’s to be charged!

Your government is a one trick dog! Limit the service to a point he public is upset sufficiently, and then introduce your “private” cure to help “help”. Many of us have not forgotten how you operate. There remains only one source for the surgeons! I expect to hear of Dinning's rent-a-surgury soon enough.

Are you going to limit or cut the hospital budgets so they have to close operating theatres? Then, suggest to them renting their theatre out to the same physicians is a plan for making up the budget? Then you say that worked so well! Private industry saved the day let’s make the whole hospital private.

Communities should make sure their new hospital will be public in the future. Not turned over to a buddy for a dollar!

You have done nothing to help Albertans. Everything you have done is in your own self interest.

What guarantees can you give me that will alleviate my concerns?

John Clark.

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